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Associate Professor, Law Faculty, Monash University

Melissa is the Academic Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, at Monash Law. She teaches, researches and writes on Australian public law, Indigenous legal issues, human rights law, and legal education. Melissa's most recent book is Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Law in Australia (2021). Melissa was a Chief Investigator on an ARC funded project that investigated the legal and other barriers to Indigenous Australians' registration and certification of birth. Her most recent ARC project is 'Real-time rights-based recordkeeping governance' which analyses and evaluate how records co-creation can be conceptualised in child protection and information law contexts. She is National Editorial Convener for the Alternative Law Journal and a Board Member of the Victoria Law Foundation. She is on twitter @DrMCastan.


  • –present
    Deputy Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University
  • –present
    National Editorial Convenor, Alternative Law Journal
  • 2018–present
    Associate professor, Law Faculty, Monash University
  • 2003–2017
    Senior lecturer, Law Faculty, Monash University


  • 2018 
    Monash University , Doctor of Philosphy
  • 2011 
    Monash University, Postgraduate Diploma of Education
  • 1999 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Laws
  • 1992 
    Monash University, Batchelor of Arts, Batchelor of Laws

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)
  • Law And Legal Studies (18)
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Law (180101)